Next for Braves: San Francisco Giants

Series preview: vs Giants

When (TV): 7:10 p.m. Tuesday (SPSO), 7:10 p.m. Wednesday (SPSO), 12:10 p.m. Thursday (SPSO)

Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5

Probable starting pitchers:

Tuesday: Braves RH Jair Jurrjens (3-2, 4.97 ERA) vs. LH Barry Zito (7-6, 4.01)

Wednesday: Braves LH Mike Minor (5-6, 5.97) vs. RH Ryan Vogelsong (7-4, 2.36)

Thursday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (7-4, 3.80) vs. LH Madison Bumgarner (11-5, 3.15)

About the Braves:

Batting: Freddie Freeman is hitting .462 (12-for-26) over a seven-game hitting streak with two homers, including a three-run shot Sunday vs. Johan Santana. The Braves scored four of their six runs Sunday against the Mets with two outs, as well as six of eight runs Saturday. Chipper Jones has hit safely in 15 of his past 16 games, while batting .400 (24-for-60) with eight doubles, two home runs and 10 RBIs.

Pitching: Jurrjens is 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA and two quality starts in four outings since his return from Triple-A Gwinnett. He pitched seven innings, allowing three earned runs, in his last outing July 8 to beat the Phillies. Mike Minor beat out Randall Delgado for the chance to stay in the rotation after Ben Sheets’ arrival, after winning his past two starts against the Nationals and Cubs (six earned runs in 11 1/3 innings.)

Miscellaneous: The Braves’ seven-game winning streak is their longest since they won nine in a row May 26-June 3, 2010. This is their first meeting with the Giants of 2012, after going 6-1 against them last season.

About the Giants:

Batting: Reigning All-Star game MVP and former Brave Melky Cabrera was tied with Carlos Ruiz for the second-best average in the majors entering Monday at .353. This is the first time he will have faced the Braves since he left after the 2010 season. He hit .255 that season for the Braves before rebounding last year with the Royals, hitting .305. Buster Posey went 5-for-10 with a two-run homer during a three-game sweep of the Astros.

Pitching: The Braves managed to avoid Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum, but Zito has been tough on them too. He’s 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA in five career starts against the Braves, including three wins in his past four starts at Turner Field. He’s had quality starts in two of his past three outings this season, including seven shutout innings on June 25 against the Dodgers. The Giants are third in the NL in starters’ ERA (3.54), behind the Nationals (3.17) and Dodgers (3.38).

Miscellaneous: The Giants lost seven of nine games heading into the All-Star break but swept the Astros in their first series back. Cabrera is expected to rejoin the Giants after missing Sunday’s game for the birth of his child.

-Carroll Rogers

78 comments Add your comment

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

July 16th, 2012
6:18 pm

Melky became a daddy, too? Well, congrats to Melky and family!

nolakid21

July 16th, 2012
6:21 pm

Carroll can you justify your statement of Grienke only having one good season? That would be great thanks!

Julio Santanar

July 16th, 2012
6:29 pm

What happened to Milky? Dat sob couldt buy a hit as a Bfave

John w

July 16th, 2012
7:02 pm

Is anyone out there as disgusted as I am about the antics of this clown/fool that manages the Marlins? I can’t believe any team would want this moron to manage their team!! What an embarrassment to baseball!!!

Whiskey River

July 16th, 2012
7:11 pm

@John w He was right about Hot Shot Baby Harper.

Brave New World

July 16th, 2012
8:14 pm

The Giants have very starting good pitching. If we take 2 of 3 that would be very good; a sweep would be great.

Buddy Landel

July 16th, 2012
8:19 pm

John- yes, he is over the top. I would expect nothing less from that bush league organization.

JC Boscan III

July 16th, 2012
8:52 pm

Melky/Milky was fat when he played with the Braves. He lost a lot of weight when he joined the Royals and now has had 2 very good seasons in a row. Several current and ex-Braves either got fat or bulked up & performed poorly. Why have the Braves let their players show up and play fat, or bulk up and become crappy hitters…!?

tom

July 16th, 2012
9:34 pm

braves currently enjoying the last monday they have no chance of losing on.

Josey Wales

July 16th, 2012
9:52 pm

I am tired of all the negativity on these blogs; especially tired of all the Chipper bashers.

Go Braves!

JC Boscan III

July 16th, 2012
10:35 pm

Delgado (Gwinnett) and Moylan (Rome) totally bombed out tonight in the minors. Hopefully, the coaches had them working on specific pitches or something useful….. Moylan could be a big addition in a few weeks if he’s effective.

BravesWin

July 16th, 2012
10:46 pm

Staying in good shape and playing form is very much a personal obligation (see: Martin Prado), but you’d think that at the pro level somebody would be chewing your arse out if you porked up and it affected your performance (see: Andruw Jones)…

Virginia Brave Fan

July 16th, 2012
11:11 pm

Thank you Miami, for beating Washington tonight and bringing us within 2.5 games of first. Go Braves, beat the Giants.

Yogi Berra

July 16th, 2012
11:32 pm

John you are right on the money, what a idiot.

Julio thats what happens when you decde to become a complete ball player. Get in shape and work at it. Milkey is a 5 star player when he wants to be. In Atlanta whe was used as a platoon player which didn’t help.

Yogi Berra

July 16th, 2012
11:35 pm

ops decide.
he..not whe? its late.

Mitchell

July 17th, 2012
12:10 am

Gotta keep the win streak going.

Too soon to let up.

Raise your hand if you’d rather be playing the Giants on the road though?

If they can start to play half as well at home as they do away they could be on to something.

man and dog

July 17th, 2012
1:45 am

How many X Braves have left, lost lbs. (except Andrew) and had great years? Joe Torre comes to mind.

man and dog

July 17th, 2012
1:47 am

OK I HAVE A SPELLING PROBLEM!!!!!

man and dog

July 17th, 2012
1:52 am

i LOVE BLOGGING ON THE ajc

man and dog

July 17th, 2012
1:55 am

i love blogging and listening to bron yr aur

Ron

July 17th, 2012
1:56 am

“Reigning All Star MVP… Melky Cabrera”

EVerything about that part just seems weird.

The Melk Man

July 17th, 2012
2:22 am

GO GIANTS!! Take it to the Braves!!

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Braves Fan for 55 yrs

July 17th, 2012
8:07 am

Now if we could just get a pro play by play man to go with Joe Simpson. Nirvana.

ijudgenot

July 17th, 2012
8:26 am

Giants are throwing two lefty’s against the Braves in the series. This remains the Braves Achilles Heel. Looking at the Braves lineup Prado is the only righthanded hitter who is producing. Most of Chipper’s big hits have come from the left side this year. Uggla’s inability to provide timely hits from the right side will hurt the Braves again in this series, and we know Ross will be wasted on the bench because there is no day game after a night game in this series. You have to feel some sympathy for Uggla, because rarely is a 5′10″ 2nd baseman asked to provide the only power from the right side, therefore he swings for the fences each time at the plate. Fredi and Walker should tell him that a single to score a run or move runner to third can be just as productive as a homer. It would give balance to a lineup that just does not have it this year.

ireadnot

July 17th, 2012
9:22 am

ijudgenot
……and we know Ross will be wasted on the bench because there is no day game after a night game in this series.

Really?

Chip Carey's Mama

July 17th, 2012
9:29 am

My boy is a very good announcer, you old coot.

Good Grief Charlie Brown

July 17th, 2012
10:20 am

@Chip Carey’s Mama: it’s CARAY….if you’re really his mama, you’d know that. ;-)
Chip’s not a bad announcer, he’s just annoying. i’d rather listen to Don and Jim on the radio anyway.

the Braves need to take advantage of that favor by the marlins last night. 2.5 back, no Cain or Lincecum in this upcoming series, could be a profitable three days for this team.

Chip Carey's Mama

July 17th, 2012
10:28 am

Thanks, I stopped using that name so long ago, I forgot how to spell it, never the less, my boy is still good, a lot better than Suttton.

reckingball

July 17th, 2012
10:36 am

Melky was in 147 games with the Braves, and had over 500 plate appearances in 2010 with the Braves.
The entire outfield was a platoon, or an outfield by committee.
He sure killed a lot of rallies.
I believe if Cox had of played Melky less, the Braves would have won more games that year.

Good Grief Charlie Brown

July 17th, 2012
10:40 am

@Chip Carey’s Mama: better than Sutton? ummm….no.

@reckingball: you think Melky will get booed the first time he comes to the plate? or will they just throw some discount buffet coupons at him? :-)

jim

July 17th, 2012
10:47 am

The way Lincecum has pitched this year it’s too bad we don’t see him.

jim

July 17th, 2012
10:56 am

Being traded away from a team and group of players you have played with for the last 3 years has to be a bit traumatic. It may have taken Melky a year to get over his new situation. Imagine if your boss walked in today and announced that you had just been traded to a new company in a new city away from the people you had come to think of as your friends. It might come as a shock and take some time to get accustomed to. How many other players have we traded for in the past that did not put up the same kind of numbers they had with their former club — Reggie Sanders, Gerald Williams, and Brett Boone come to mind immediately.

reckingball

July 17th, 2012
11:08 am

Charlie Brown……..That was pretty funny.

reckingball

July 17th, 2012
11:17 am

I think that Melky was S-canned by the Yanks due to his work ethics, from what I have read, I suppose that could be wrong.
When he got to Atlanta, he did not look like he was giving 100% most of the time, or maybe I should say almost all of the time. That’ my opin.

Maybe it is traumatic, but Melky was a big boy, he was getting paid to do a job, and he didn’t look like he cared that much about doing that job.
But maybe that’s just me who thinks that.
Oh yeah, I suppose the Braves must have thought that also, being as they too, S-canned him about a week after the 2010 season ended.

al

July 17th, 2012
11:42 am

Atlanta fans can pick on Melky as much as you want to,but the winner is San Fran. The Giants got an Allstar out of the deal.

Good Grief Charlie Brown

July 17th, 2012
11:55 am

@reckingball: i agree with your thoughts about Melky when he was here. just watching him play, it was evident he didn’t give a damn.

@al: San Fran got the gold mine, Atlanta got the shaft (apologies to Jerry Reed)

The Dude

July 17th, 2012
12:01 pm

Too bad the schedules didn’t line up for a Hudson vs Zito matchup. It would have been cool to see two of Oakland’s former Big 3 face off against each other.

Ron Roberts

July 17th, 2012
12:07 pm

@MLB Sports Report tweeted yesterday that the Braves and Bourn will sign a new contract before the end of the week, DOB. Any word on your end?

Tumbledown

July 17th, 2012
12:10 pm

It seems like Melky was at his worst in Atlanta. Can any blame be thrown toward the Braves’ coaches for Melky’s dismal performance here? Perhaps Melky was another one of McDowell’s victims.

Ron Roberts

July 17th, 2012
12:12 pm

Actually now that I scroll back on their twitter feed, that tweet’s been removed. Interesting.

David O'Brien

July 17th, 2012
12:16 pm

Ron Roberts: That is not a credible source. Just a guy who tries to get people to bite on numerous rumors, and is successful in getting them re-tweeted and discussed on blogs. Such is the times we live in.

Good Grief Charlie Brown

July 17th, 2012
12:27 pm

@Tumbledown: Melky has admitted in interviews that he was out of shape in his last days with the yankees and during his time in Atlanta. when he went to KC, he had a revelation and started eating right, getting healthy, concentrating on being a better player, etc.

@Ron Roberts: back towards the end of spring training (or right after), it was reported that Bourn told Wren he would not discuss contract offers until after the season is over.

Tumbledown

July 17th, 2012
12:33 pm

It is too bad that none of the coaches or veteran players on the Braves failed to help Melky come to that revelation sooner. Maybe they did try, and the only person we can truly blame is Melky (and also McDowell as we cannot forget how his presence has caused untold damage to the Braves’ pitchers and collateral damage elsewhere).

Tumbledown

July 17th, 2012
12:37 pm

I meant to say that all the coaches and veterans players failed. . . I am guilty of bad grammar once again!

Good Grief Charlie Brown

July 17th, 2012
12:43 pm

@Tumbledown: LOL about McDowell…after all, he was also the second spitter. :-)
(nod to Seinfeld)

i think Melky is to blame, and that’s pretty much what i got from the stuff i read. he’s owning up to his behavior.

Tumbledown

July 17th, 2012
12:47 pm

Given that Bourn is likely gone after the season and that Chipper is retiring, I would like to see the Braves make a run for a top-flight starting pitcher for the stretch run. Greinke or Dempster would seem to be the logical two players to target. I am concerned that neither pitcher has had much of a track record in playoff games. We all know that some players don’t exactly rise to the occasion. Geinke’s well-documented psychological problems is also a concern.

Nevertheless, I hope the Braves can swing a reasonable deal for a starter. Assets like Bourn and Chipper will not be here next year, and the team will probably make other changes as well. In Wren we trust, I guess!

Tumbledown

July 17th, 2012
12:52 pm

That was a classic Seinfeld episode. McDowell is a menace wherever he goes.

Felix

July 17th, 2012
1:06 pm

Unfortunately so much of what is written or spoken on the internet is not reliable. I hope most folks have already figured that out.

Felix

July 17th, 2012
1:06 pm

ajc sportswriters excepted of course…………

Brave New World

July 17th, 2012
1:07 pm

Josey Wales July 16th, 2012 9:52 pm I am tired of all the negativity on these blogs; especially tired of all the Chipper bashers. Go Braves!

There are many who love negativity on these blogs, so some might say “You’re all alone, Wales.” Others might say: “Negativity aint much of a living, boy.”

Being a Braves fan aint hard for men like you and me, it’s reading these blogs that’s hard. When every player you root for has been butchered or dissed…. it shall be Braves! I reckon so.

Matt

July 17th, 2012
1:16 pm

Melky is now one of those players I will boo loudly every time he comes to bat at Turner Field.

ATLcracker

July 17th, 2012
1:50 pm

My Mother (rest in peace) was a big Atlanta Braves fan. Joe Torre left the Braves in 1968. 35 years later any mention of his name would bring on a quick heartfelt diatribe to the effect that “The fat drunken slob took our money all those years then went to St. Louis, got religion and hit .363!” It always killed me that she could still quote the exact number. I wonder if anyone on this blog will still be holding a grudge against Melky 35 years from now.

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al

July 17th, 2012
2:17 pm

You think holding a grudge will make Melky lose sleep? I don’t think so.

southgabrave

July 17th, 2012
2:23 pm

Make no mistake if the Braves dont add a #1 pitcher, and some bench help, we will not see them in the NL championship. This is their last chance for a cpl years if they dont add some pieces that will be around next year.

Tumbledown

July 17th, 2012
2:24 pm

ATLcracker – Did Torre’s managerial efforts for the Braves (especially 1982) bring any small relief to your mother?

jim

July 17th, 2012
2:27 pm

Being heavyset is not a long term recipe for success for an athlete (or anyone else), but there are numerous baseball players who are anything but svelt who have had success. CC Sabathia, Prince Fielder, Mickey Lolich, David Wells, Tony Gwynn, Miguel Cabrerra come immediately to mind. Body type is not a reliable indicator of success or lack thereof.

BravesFanSince80's

July 17th, 2012
2:33 pm

Melky is different from those other though. His time in Atlanta made him appear, to me at least, as though a fat, lazy, slob. Those other guys NEVER gave that impression…

duronimo

July 17th, 2012
2:37 pm

Melky hits 255 for us. Next year 305 with Kansas City …. now 355. Why? The Cox platoon systrem has had this effect on number of players over the years.

Yogi Berra

July 17th, 2012
2:58 pm

2010 Atlanta Braves-Wikiped free encyclopedia;
Milkey had 4 homers, 42 rbi, in 115 games..0-8 in NLDS. He was descibed as pudgy- as he was not “delight” about his career. 32 games he was a PH are just played inning or two.
Team players with BA higher that Milkey in 2010;
Milkey 255
Hinske 256
Lee 260
Jones 265
McCann 269
Hayward 277
Ross 289
Prado 307
Infante 321

All of above are better than some Players on todays team and line-up.
I’m not taking up for anyone are against anyone..as someone above was making refers to.If you going to make fun of a player thats gone and then take up for players on present team doing worse than that player did when he was here is crap. Thats my $.02 worth–knowing its not as good as your $.05 worth.
GO BRAVES!

Yogi Berra

July 17th, 2012
3:07 pm

The BA is better than so…..

jim

July 17th, 2012
3:10 pm

Yogi,
With those batting averages and Prado gone the last 3 weeks +playoffs, how did this team make the playoffs? I believe Heyward had 18 HRs and McCann between 20 and 25, but no other 20 + HR power either and nobody over 100 RBIs.

wtf

July 17th, 2012
3:40 pm

duronimo your right. Add Ryan Klesko to the list.

Mikey

July 17th, 2012
4:02 pm

I guess you can blame Bobby for Melky’s .249ba in 2008 along .301 obp with the Yanks?

sheeesh

July 17th, 2012
4:18 pm

Even without Cain and Lincecum scheduled to pitch in this series, the Giants still have the edge in the pitching matchups in all three games. Hopefully the Braves’ edge on offense can close that gap.

To Chip Carey’s (or Caray’s) mama and all the other broadcasters’ mamas: The Braves have not had a decent broadcaster since Van Wieren retired and Sciambi left. The current radio team is horrendous — constantly giving the wrong score (if they bother to give one). And both the TV and the radio broadcasters ramble on as if the purpose of the broadcast is to give them a forum to chat about nonsense and show how (un)funny they are rather than present the game. They treat the broadcast like most fans treat attending a game — a social event where there happens to be a MLB in the vicinity. It’s just a total joke.

The Braves’ need to clean house in the radio and TV booth and hire professionals who meet MLB standards for broadcasting.

Chip Caray's Mama

July 17th, 2012
4:29 pm

My boy and Joe are good.
Sciambi was way over-rated. He got to the point that he was almost as boring as Tim McCarver, he was always trying to give all of his insight on just about any topic that came up in the game.
BORING.

reckingball

July 17th, 2012
4:37 pm

Melky just did not try 100%(maybe he gave a 65 to 75% effort) when he was with the Braves, that is the bottom line.
The only player that I can remember that cared less about their job with the Braves was Garret ‘The Statue’ Anderson.
All of the people on Yogi’s list, were at least doing their best, or so it appeared to me.

Mikey

July 17th, 2012
4:40 pm

So did the Mets and they got swept! Barry Zito maybe the worst free agent signing in the history of baseball. $126m over 7 years and NO winning season since he signed with the Giants. I’ll take our chances tonight with the new and improved JJ and the revived Braves bats.

Josey Wales

July 17th, 2012
4:44 pm

The Mets aren’t red legs but ’bout as bad. They’s blue bellies.

And there ain’t no fergettin…

sheeesh

July 17th, 2012
5:15 pm

If the Braves didn’t pity him, Chip Caray wouldn’t have a MLB job. He has been fired by everyone who has hired him. Chip thinks every pop up to the outfield is going to be a homer. Chip fumbles his words and mixes his baseball colloquialisms like I have never seen. Chip thinks anyone gives a crap about his hit-rate on correct trivia question answers on a homestand. Chip is not good at what he does. At all.

Given his Braves colleagues as a measuring stick (lofty standards, I know), Simpson is ok. He at least has reduced his number of “uh-huh” responses to about 10 per game rather than about 10 per inning. So, yeah, he’s great.

sheeesh

July 17th, 2012
6:12 pm

Btw, I tried to find the “Sciambi ratings” so I could compare those to the baseline ratings to validate that Sciambi was overrated. No luck. I did, however, find the link below. If you found Sciambi boring as a broadcaster, you will probably find his commentary in this link boring. But I also noticed that everyone who commented on the link expressed approval for Sciambi during his Braves tenure.

So, with the information available to me from which ratings may be deduced, Sciambi was a worst properly rated and, at best, under-rated.

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/jon-boog-sciambi-broadcasting-the-stats/

the don of the real

July 17th, 2012
6:35 pm

Go Baked Zito! Go Giants!

sirluciouscp

July 17th, 2012
7:02 pm

6 earned runs in 11 innings and the clown keeps his job in a supposedly major league baseball pitching rotation…lol..Must be An Unfortunate White Mans World.

Brave New World

July 17th, 2012
7:05 pm

Josey Wales July 17th, 2012 4:44 pm The Mets aren’t red legs but ’bout as bad. They’s blue bellies. And there ain’t no fergettin…

Seems like every time I get to likin’ somebody, they aint around long.

jakesnake

July 17th, 2012
8:55 pm

Braves are playing like they think it’s Monday.

Monday Monday

July 17th, 2012
9:23 pm

It’s Monday again on Tuesday!

Yogi Berra

July 17th, 2012
10:29 pm

agree reckingball…

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